hy·​per·​drive ˈhī-pər-ˌdrīv How to pronounce hyperdrive (audio)

Examples of hyperdrive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Combine all this with some uncommonly impressive firepower (seriously, this thing could punch a hole in a capital ship), the ARC-170 was well-adept for the fierce battles that defined the Clone Wars as well as deep-space missions, thanks to its planet-hopping hyperdrive. Zarnon Kalgon, Popular Mechanics, 4 May 2023 Select passengers can even thrust the Millennium Falcon into hyperdrive — easily every Star Wars fan's life-long dream. Carlye Wisel, Travel + Leisure, 2 Feb. 2023 But advanced chatbots have thrown the development of AI chat into hyperdrive. David Ingram, NBC News, 20 Jan. 2023 Maybe that's why enemy ships of that period seemed to loom over us like a literal Iron Curtain, only with hyperdrive. Kyle Hill, Discover Magazine, 8 Oct. 2013 Automotive technologies have gone into hyperdrive in the last year with partnerships, investments, and technology developments from companies like Qualcomm, Mobileye, NVIDIA, Marvell, Luminar, and Plus happening left and right. Daniel Newman, Forbes, 10 Oct. 2022 Back in July of 1917, there was a scandalous story in New Windsor that sent many busybodies into hyperdrive. Frank Batavick, Baltimore Sun, 14 Aug. 2022 The modern workplace was at an inflection point spurred by technological and cultural changes even before the pandemic, but the health crisis kicked the pace of change into hyperdrive. Iese Business School, Forbes, 8 June 2022 With the leak of a Supreme Court draft opinion by Samuel Alito overturning Roe v. Wade, the media have gone into hyperdrive trying to obscure the real contours of the debate. David Harsanyi, National Review, 11 May 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1973, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hyperdrive was in 1973

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“Hyperdrive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyperdrive. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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